Albert has spent the last week in Baxter's dry Dock at Yardley Gobion having the hull blacked. All appears OK. The last blacking was only two years ago and the "new" anodes appear to be in good shape.

New blacking and gunwales repaint

We did appear to have picked up quite a bit of rubbish around the prop. It must have happened on our trip to Stoke Bruerne. I must admit I wasn't aware of any change in performance. Took some hacksaw work to remove it -it included a hose pipe!

Interesting collection of rubbish around the propeller

It was also interesting to line up the new stern fender arrangement with the rudder to see just how much protection we have. It appears three fenders wouldn't have been enough.

Fenders and rudder